But still. How easy it can be to get distracted by the glittery baubles that jump into our path, squealing "Look at me! Pet Me! Touch me! Sew with me!" Right? Not that I ever actually bought and sewed with any of it, that is....until.... A friend asked me to make her a flashy, over-the-top, steampunk bustle. And then another one. And my little Etsy shop was born. And even though I will likely never wear this sort of flash, sometimes it's just flat out FUN sewing with the metallic, the shiny, the polyester and velvet and tulle and sparkles. And although I've never before been much of a fan of raw edges in garments, with the bustles and costumes I'm really feeling a penchant for slicing and dicing and shredding and letting the raw edges flit and fray and live their own life...
One bonus of sewing with fabrics like this is that people often end up with them in their stash and have nothing to make with them - sometimes it's a "What was I thinking?!" matter, sometimes it's just leftovers from a costume or some other project - whatever the reason, my darling friends find a bit of glitter in their stash, think of me, and say "Aha! It's bustle material!
Here's my latest creation, custom made for a client who is making articulated fairy wings (!) to go with it.
Back view, inside and outside - This one is reversible!:
Once I (thought I) was done with the new client's bustle, she asked me to embellish a bra that was to be part of her costume. Oh goodie! More flash and glitter! I thought this would be a simple fix. Hah! (Note to Self: Do NOT, repeat NOT, agree to work on someone else's sewn item before you've had a chance to actually inspect it.) After replacing the nasty, scratchy, el cheapo ties on the original bra, and then repairing the poorly sewn beads, (all of which took WAY longer than my embellishing!) I was finally able to get to the fun stuff. Here's the result: (Note: my dress form is about 2....or 3....sizes larger than the client)
The client is going to add the wings, which she is making herself. She has promised me pictures, and I hope I'll have permission to show y'all the completed costume!
How fun can sewing be, eh? Now it's back to more practical stuff (i.e., sewing for moi...) Oh, and a gift for a special someone - another creative and too-much-fun goody, I hope!
Can you tell that sometimes I just love to sew? ;-D
Oh, and by the way, in case you're wondering about that friend who got me started on the bustle-making, she wears hers to steampunk events, where she sells her art - the most amazingly awesome snowglobes you have ever seen! I DO hope you get a chance to see them in person, but in the meantime, here's second best, a link to her website, Camryn Forrest Designs